Cute Animals in Film 2011

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957) d: F. Tashlin

‘Look into the eyes of a chicken and you will see real stupidity. It is a kind of bottomless stupidity, a fiendish stupidity. They are the most horrifying, cannibalistic and nightmarish creatures in the world.’ Werner Herzog

Welcome once again to the annual roundup of all things that combine the cute and the cinematic. If you’ve ever stopped yourself mid-ennui in a Truffaut film to remark, ‘Look at the little piglet!, this one is for you. From Puce Moment‘s beautiful borzoi, to Zazie‘s squirted pussy cat this is my selection of the best of fluff on film. (Incidentally, it seems the spaniel is the predominate film dog. Who knew?)

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970) d: J. Jireš

The Cremator (1969) d: Juraj Herz

Queen of Spades (1946) d: T. Dickinson

The Killing (1956) d: S. Kubrick

The Company of Wolves (1984) d: N. Jordan

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) 'd': M. Bay

Kiss Me Deadly (1955) d: R. Aldrich

All that Heaven Allows (1955) d: D. Sirk

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) d: M. Powell & E. Pressburger

Eyes Without a Face (1960) d: G. Franju

Puce Moment (1949) d: K. Anger

Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1986) d: A. Clarke

Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo (2011) d: J. Oreck

Zazie Dans Le Métro (1960) d. Louis Malle

Apocalypse Now (1979) d: F.F. Coppola


Pride of place this year goes to Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?’s Shamroy. This poodle is a running gag, but also something of a style icon. Shamroy, you brightened my year and here’s a showcase for you, long departed though you are.


Here’s one I find very cute but have no recollection of the source of. Answers on a postcard. This year, I promise to be more comprehensive about cataloguing this stuff. For the historical record you understand.

Look at his goldfish head!



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